This week the children have been splitting into small groups for welcome time. They have enjoyed completing the group message board each day. This consists of counting how many children are in the group, discussing the weather and learning what day of the week it is. Staff also tell the children about the activities on offer and what snack is going to be. During this time, the children are encouraged to share news from home. Welcome time provides a great opportunity to develop early maths skills and develops speaking and listening skills as well as making each child aware of the key events each day.